Life Stages and Native Women

University of Manitoba PressSKU: 9780887557262

Author:
Anderson, Kim
Grade Levels:
Eleven, Twelve, College, University
Nation:
Algonquin, Cree, Metis, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Woodland
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
210
Publisher:
University of Manitoba Press
Copyright Data:
2011

Price:
Sale price$27.95
Stock:
In stock

Description

In Life Stages and Native Women, Kim Anderson shares the teachings of fourteen Elders from the Canadian prairies and Ontario to illustrate how different life stages were experienced by Métis, Cree, and Anishinaabe girls and women during the mid-twentieth century. These Elders relate stories about their own lives, the experiences of girls and women of their childhood communities, and customs related to pregnancy, birth, post-natal care, infant and child care, puberty ceremonies, gender and age-specific work roles, the distinct roles of post-menopausal women, and women's roles in managing death. Through these teachings, we learn how evolving responsibilities from infancy to adulthood shaped women's identities and place within Indigenous society, and were integral to the health and well-being of their communities. By understanding how healthy communities were created in the past, Anderson explains how this traditional knowledge can be applied toward rebuilding healthy Indigenous communities today. Kim Anderson is a Cree/Métis educator. She is an Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford. A foreword by Maria Campbell sets the overall tone for this valuable addition to the literature that incorporates the voices of Aboriginal women.

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